Southampton Airport - SOU

Southampton, United Kingdom (GB)

Getting around the airport

One main terminals with two levels

Southampton Airport lies around 7km north of Southampton city centre, in the Borough of Eastleigh, and is a small airport offering access to the south coast of England, and flights to many popular European destinations - mainly with Flybe. 

There's one terminal building on two floors, with Check-in and Arrivals on the ground floor and Departures (with nine gates) and baggage claim on the first floor.

There are few facilities. To eat before security, you can visit the Globe bar and airside, go to the Olive Tree restaurant or a Costa Coffee. You'll find just three shops: a landside and airside WHSmith newsagent, and an airside World Duty Free.

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Free power outlets

Charge your devices

There are free public workspaces in the departure lounge where you can charge your phone, tablet or laptop. The Globe and The Olive Tree also offer free power outlets.

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Getting into Southampton

Take the train

The airport lies on the mainline from London to Southampton, making rail connections frequent, fast and your best option.

Train

Southampton Airport Parkway rail station is very close to the terminal and easily reached on foot (the airport claims in 99 steps). You can travel directly to many nearby towns and cities, including Southampton City Centre (7 mins), Winchester (10 mins), Bournemouth (36 mins), Reading (49 mins), Portsmouth (60 mins) and London (70-95 mins). Prices can vary in peak and off-peak times.

Location: Outside the terminal building, turn left at the main exit 
Cost: 
From GBP 3.90 to Southampton Central and GBP 39.80 to London 
Buying tickets: Machines in the station, or save money by pre-booking your tickets at www.thetrainline.com 

Taxi

Taxis at the airport are operated by Checkers Cars. All fares are pre-quoted so you know exactly what you will pay before your journey starts and they can be paid at the taxi booking desk, online or to the driver at the end of your journey.

Location: Main Terminal, before security, arrivals, taxi booking desk next to the entrance
Cost: 
Around GBP 25 to Southampton city centre, GBP 12 to Eastleigh

Bus

If you want to save money, there are buses running regularly to the surrounding areas and further afield. Journey time to the city centre is approximately 35-40 minutes.

  • Uni-link U1C takes you to Southampton University, the city centre (30-40 mins) and the Waterfront, running every 15 minutes during the week and every 20 minutes at weekends and on public holidays. (The U1A service takes you back to the airport.)
  • Xelabus X4 runs between Eastleigh and Hedge End and stops at Southampton Airport Parkway.
  • First Group runs hourly to the city centre, via Shirley and Millbrook.
  • Velvet Bus goes to Hedge End and Eastleigh.
  • Wheelers Connect is a new service going to Southampton and Eastleigh.
  • Megabus is a discount coach company taking you as far as Sunderland, via Oxford.

Location: Main Terminal, before security, arrivals, adjacent to Southampton Airport Parkway Station
Cost: 
From GBP 2 for the Uni-link to Southampton

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